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What a wonderful way to start Friday! I was coming off the freeway behind a semi with a trailer and I took the left lane while he took the right, I'm right beside his trailer when he begins to merge into my lane.

With nowhere to swerve to, I slam on the brakes and horn, but he keeps on merging so I'm literally sitting there waiting for this guy to smash into me and sure enough, he flattens my mirror and leaves some nice scrapes throughout the length of the entire right side of the car.

I sit there in disbelief while he continues on his merry way so I put the car back in gear and go after the guy, because it seemed like he wasn't going to stop! I followed him for over a mile, honking and hollering all the while trying to get him to stop. Eventually I get ahead of him at a light and I get out of the car, put on my best 'Come at Me Bro' pose and yell out, "Are you gonna stop or what, you hit the car!"

He then signaled something about turning right so I let him pass and he pulled into the trucking company's office. I finally get a face to face with the guy and as expected, he denies any fault or liability, instead blaming me saying that I was attempting to pass him. I chortled at him and said, "Dude, I drive a hybrid, this thing can't pass a bicycle!", which is partially true, the first generation Civic Hybrid has maybe 80hp and takes over 10 seconds to get to 60MPH.

I tried to get the police involved so we can get some kind of resolution since he wasn't willing to admit fault and I sure as hell wasn't going to admit fault, but apparently, the police will not get involved unless there's an injury or if the one of the drivers doesn't have their papers in order. In the end, we just exchanged info and I got in touch with my insurance with all of the details, hoping that their adjuster will see that he was clearly at fault.

I apologize for the long post, but this is not the first time I've been threatened by a semi-trailer; most times I can avoid them (like when merging on the freeway), but this time I couldn't get out of the way and the truck driver seemed content to flatten anyone in his way.

The damage to the car appears minimal, since it looks like only the trailer's tires made contact, but I'm no collision specialist so I'll leave it up to the pros to see what the estimate is. The car's fairly old, so I really hope they won't total it. Anyway, rant over. :mad:
 

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Damn, you should have called it in as a hit and run since he did not originally stop. Then there would be no doubt in the police eyes as to fault.

I hope things turn ok for you.
 

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Where are you from? Any accident in the USA will get a response from the police regardless whether there is a injury or not. A police report and investigation will go a long way on laying fault to where it belongs. I would never just trade insurance info and leave.
 

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You were in his blind spot, I doubt he saw you or even felt the hit. If i were you I'd google some info on driving close to trucks and where and when they can see you, especially if it's not the first time.
 

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I'm in Northern California. I called the local police department and asked for police assistance since there's a dispute as to who was at fault and they said that they don't dispatch officers for accidents unless there's an injury or an irregularity with papers (registration, insurance, etc).

They said they had several instances where the insurance companies' decision was the complete opposite of the police report so they've stopped sending officers to accidents since the decision is ultimately up to the insurance companies anyway.

It was a shock to me because I was always told to get in touch with the police if there's a dispute after an accident especially since I've run into this situation before and ended up having a no-fault/equal-fault decision since there was no police report and neither party wanted to admit guilt.

tinknocker, I initially thought I was in his blind spot, but from what I've seen on Google, the areas closest to the cab are the blind spots. I was around the middle of his trailer when he started merging. It's very likely he didn't even see or feel what happened, I mean there was barely a mark on his truck aside from the white paint that rubbed off on his tires. I do worry they might consider that a valid excuse to remove the blame from the truck driver.
 

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Sorry to hear of the dis-adventure, certainly not a good thing that the other driver won't take responsibility for the situation. The good thing is that you did not get hurt, at least so it seems.
 

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I'm in Northern California. I called the local police department and asked for police assistance since there's a dispute as to who was at fault and they said that they don't dispatch officers for accidents unless there's an injury or an irregularity with papers (registration, insurance, etc).

They said they had several instances where the insurance companies' decision was the complete opposite of the police report so they've stopped sending officers to accidents since the decision is ultimately up to the insurance companies anyway.

It was a shock to me because I was always told to get in touch with the police if there's a dispute after an accident especially since I've run into this situation before and ended up having a no-fault/equal-fault decision since there was no police report and neither party wanted to admit guilt.

tinknocker, I initially thought I was in his blind spot, but from what I've seen on Google, the areas closest to the cab are the blind spots. I was around the middle of his trailer when he started merging. It's very likely he didn't even see or feel what happened, I mean there was barely a mark on his truck aside from the white paint that rubbed off on his tires. I do worry they might consider that a valid excuse to remove the blame from the truck driver.

I got involved in a car accident in North Caroline about 6 years ago in Wilmington. They had a traffic enforcement officer there in minutes and filed the report. Things must have changed I guess
 

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I just spoke with the adjuster to give her my statement of the incident and while she seemed convinced that the other party was responsible, she did mention that it takes a long time to settle a claim with a trucking company regardless of whose fault it was.

She also mentioned that I was lucky to have been able to get the company's insurance info as other clients aren't able to get more than just the driver's name and license plate number.

I am glad that nobody got hurt because it certainly could have been worse. I'm also glad that it was my beater that was hit and not my Evo, I'm really glad I put that baby in storage.
 
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